Hiwot Integrated Development Organisation (HIDO), Ethiopia

Hiwot Integrated Development Organisation (HIDO) is a non-profit organisation based in Ethiopia, dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Established with the vision of creating a better tomorrow, HIDO focuses on providing comprehensive Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) services to children aged 3-5 years old. 


Partnership with Aflatoun 


Since 2009, HIDO has been in a successful partnership with Aflatoun. HIDO’s early Childhood Education and Development Programme integrates the Aflatot Curriculum, ensuring that children not only receive quality preschool education but also gain essential life skills, including financial literacy and social awareness. 


Building a Foundation for Sustainable Development 


HIDO’s primary goal is to increase access to quality and integrated Childhood Education and Development Programme services, with a specific focus on orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. Recognising the critical role early childhood experiences play in shaping future behaviour and personality, HIDO aims to reduce vulnerability, enhance well-being, and lay the foundation for proactive, capable, and responsible future citizens. 


Empowering Children and Communities 


HIDO’s Childhood Education and Development Programme has already made a significant impact on 401 OVC aged 3-5 years old in Addis Ababa. The programme provides a holistic approach, encompassing preschool education, health care, psycho-social support, and nutrition services. Through HIDO’s efforts, children are not only equipped with basic life skills but also gain financial literacy, instilling in them a sense of responsibility and capability. 


The programme has contributed to the overall well-being of the children, leading to reduced risks of communicable diseases, malnourishment, and improved management of chronic childhood illnesses. Additionally, the Childhood Education and Development Programme centre has become a haven, significantly lowering the risk of various forms of violence, including physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual violence. 


Socio-Emotional Development 


The developmentally appropriate and integrated care provided at the Childhood Education and Development Programme centre has boosted the children’s self-confidence, self-esteem, and socio-emotional competence. The play-based approach to learning, both indoor and outdoor, has created a nurturing environment that fosters intrinsic learning, motivation, and cooperation with others. 


In conclusion, Hiwot Integrated Development Organisation’s commitment to Childhood Education and Development Programme and sustainable development is creating a positive effect in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. Through the partnership and the implementation of a comprehensive Childhood Education and Development Programme, HIDO is not only providing education but also building a foundation for a better future.